Like a Lion {David Crowder band}

Verse:
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold
To see a revolution somehow.
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold
To bring a revolution somehow

Pre- chorus
Now I’m lost in your freedom
This world I’ll overcome.

Chorus:
My God is not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

Verse 2:
Let hope arise and make the darkness hide
My faith is dead
I need a resurrection somehow

Bridge:
Let Heaven roar and fire fall
Come shake the ground
With the sound of revival

Here’s sharing with you guys one of my favorite songs that we sing in church.  It’s safe to say that this is one of my “theme songs” of my life in this season. 🙂 Enjoy!  OUR GOD IS ALIVE.  HE’S LIVING ON THE INSIDE ROARING LIKE A LION! Isn’t that just awesome and oh so mind-blowing!? 🙂

I could listen to this song for hours and sing this song over my nation whenever I’m so tempted to wallow in self-pity and hopeless just by looking at the social realities that “accost” me whenever I go out into the streets.

The teenagers who are strong but choose to beg in the streets.  Those two young high school students who flagrantly disobey traffic rules and walk across the flyover inspite of the speeding jeepneys and cars without a care.  The conductor and the jeepney driver who obey traffic rules only when the traffic enforcer is there and when he’s not around, ignore the traffic signs and lights.  When I see these things, despair floods my heart. Why? When we were in college, my sister and I were convinced that the traffic behavior and attitudes of a nation reflect its culture and how we look at authority, submission and obedience.  This was confirmed when a study came out about this.

But God…as always, without fail, tells me “don’t look at the physical.  Call out things that are not as though they are.  Set your eyes on heavenly things.”

Thank God for His Word or else I would have said things that would have put another nail on the coffin called “Philippines” but I refuse to dwell on what I see and believe that this nation has hope and that one day – soon – God is going to visit my beloved Philippines and turn it upside down, right side up.  I am hoping, believing and praying.  We need a love that is so bold that it will bring a revolution in this nation. Yes, I’m seeing trickles of change in the land now but I’m praying for a revolution that will bring radical change in the roots of our culture, our thoughts and our identity as a people.

This City that I love

There have been a LOT of times that I wish I could write and fill my blogs {I have three other blogs scattered all over the net} with just happy, cutesy and all things “crafty” and delightful but I never got around to it because somewhere in between the things like poverty, child trafficking, hunger and homelessness and a heart that’s crying out for the Philippines to be changed and to see God’s rule and reign overtake the desire to make a lifestyle blog out of my sites.  So I guess I’ll just have to say goodbye to that “lifestyle blog” desire and really stick to writing about the things that keep burning in my heart.

You’ll find a lot of Cebu and the Philippines stuff here.  This burning love for the city where I belong to is part of the DNA from both my physical and spiritual fathers – my dad and our senior pastor, Pastor Joe Di.  I’ve never met anyone who so loves the Philippines more than these two people do and from them I will always be grateful that the love for this nation and to see it change and transform was imparted.

Pastor Joe Di, last year, got a dream that turned our direction as a church as he received a burden from God to speak out and pray against the child/human trafficking problem in Cebu.  It has been an amazing thing to see a lot of child trafficking rescues by IJM and more children and women rescued from trafficking dens.

It just blows your mind to see what God can do through a people who partner with Him in declaring His desires and dreams over a city.  It will change the atmosphere.  It will open prison doors and bring healing to hundreds and thousands of lives.  I am excited for what God has in store for us this year as we continue to pray, listen to His leading and seek His face for this fight against child and human trafficking.  There is so much favor! Doors just keep opening and people are listening!  Thank You, Jesus!

Will you be a voice for these children who have no voice?  Will you be their champion?

It is time to speak out.  It is time stand up and cry out for those who cannot. 

Silence is injustice.  Indifference is a crime.

What can I do?

I was browsing through a blog today and stumbled on this graphic designer‘s book cover design and this title immediately got my attention.

What can I do? by David Livermore {published by Zondervan}

Isn’t it amazing how God speaks to us in so many ways and not just once?  I remember Him asking Peter “Do you love me?” three times and Him answering Peter “Feed my sheep” thrice, too.

Today was the third time God spoke to me particularly about something this week but one’s that been burning in my heart for years now.  I’ve been meaning to blog about, ponder and plan about but never got around except to praying about it which is the first step, actually.

I’m talking about homelessness and poverty.  For years, I’ve always teared up or felt so down whenever I see a child or families sleeping on the sidewalks.  I’m teary-eyed because I don’t know what to do or where to start from.

The closest thing I’ve ever done to help them was almost 7 to 8 years ago when I required my Rizal classes in USC {University of San Carlos} to go out to the streets and help someone in need as their final exam requirement.  We went out distributing food like sandwiches, food packs like noodles but it was only a one-time thing.  What is in my heart is a long-term solution to this, something sustainable and one that can truly uplift and change the lives of the people in the sidewalks.

The first thing that God used to remind me of this desire and dream of mine was a video posted by zerothreetwo in tumblr about this certain, middle-aged man in his briefs washing his shirts in dirty, canal water in the middle of the streets with nobody even approaching him to hand him a shirt or do something to help him.

What should we do?  We must do something.

Second wake-up call was last night’s prayer during our cell group meeting.  Tita Nene, my cell group leader, shared how she noticed more people and families sleeping/living on the sidewalks.  We prayed that God would give us solutions and answers to this social problem.

I was crying last night because I didn’t just want to stop at praying.  I was asking God for a clear-cut solution to this.  I know our prayers were already moving the hand of God but I’m asking that God would awaken individuals, organizations, businesses and politicians to look at them through the eyes of compassion and DO SOMETHING.

I did not write about it last night when I got home even when I’ve been meaning to until this afternoon when I stumbled on this book cover and I knew – without a shadow of a doubt -that God was again reminding me of this.

The book was the third and last wake-up call.  Yes, I will continue to pray but starting today, I am going to write about it, discuss this with my dad {for the nth time} about what we can do and I’m going to start talking about this with my friends.

I don’t really know what to do but my eyes and my heart are on God because I know He has the answers and I know that He loves these homeless people and has great plans for them.

The world is groaning for redemption. Fatherless children long
to be loved. Trafficked women hope for freedom. Hungry families
crave food. There’s something desperately amiss in our world, but
there’s hope. A global perspective combined with your God-given
interests, relationships, and experiences is a part of how Christ will
redeem the world we share. – David Livermore, What Can I Do?

weekend bits {red velvet}

Just a thought:  If God answers our prayers for such a small treat (i.e., Starbucks’ Red Velvet cake and KFC) as a break from work and school, how then will He not answer our prayers and petitions for breakthroughs for the things that are important to Him like putting an end to child trafficking, child prostitution and pornography?  Selah. Check this headline last Friday on Cebu Daily News.  A historical event.  This is what happens when we pray.

This is the season FOR BREAKTHROUGHS AND VICTORIES!  Now this thing about child trafficking was a burden that was placed by God in our senior pastor’s heart last January and it has been an amazing, exciting ride to see our God expose what has been in the darkness for so long to come into the light in the past 8 months!  No month has gone by that there is no news about people being exposed and young people rescued from this horrible plight.  These days, it’s almost an everyday thing.

God’s heart is for the children and, in our time, He has awakened His people to intercede and cry out for those who cannot cry any longer because of their oppression. Let us pray and fast to end this form of slavery in our generation!

 

Read about the story here.

P.S. – So why a post titled Red Velvet?  Think about it:  If God answers such a teeny weeny request for a break how then will He not give the greater things like winning this war on child trafficking, prostitution and pornography? 🙂  Thank You, Jesus! More, Lord!

Arms Wide Open

WHEREVER YOU ARE, BE ALL THERE.- Jim Elliot

At the start of 2011, I asked God for specific strategies on how I could turn this nation to Him.  It’s interesting how His ways can be so opposite ours.  We think He moves in a certain way but He never fails to surprise us.  God gave me very practical ways (in addition, to the spiritual strategies) for reaching the people around me.  I had a good laugh but it was sobering for me, too.

Here are the ways He gave me:

1. Be EARLY.  Okay, I confess I come in late more often than desired.  His hand of conviction was on my heart about this.  If I can’t be faithful with the small but important things, how can I be trusted with the bigger things?  Good thing God helps you honor your desire to obey Him when you choose to.:)

2. Excellence and honor.  Honor your boss and workmates.  Do everything with excellence.  My good friend Mitzil said that she believes this is important to God because the people in our workplace can’t see our hearts raised up to God but they will believe that God is in us through our actions.

3.  Pray, pray and pray.  For my co-teachers, for my students, for my boss, the parents and the people around me.  My loved ones, friends and my cell group.  And most of all, He impressed on me the urgency and importance of praying for my leaders.  Pray and intercede for this city and the Philippines.